The one addict from Intervention that haunts me is Kelly F. from Episode 10 (image left), a beautiful blond man hell-bent on alcoholic self-destruction. He agrees to go to rehab only because it means he can get his dog back, the only creature he appears to care about. But the first thing he does after leaving rehab is buy beer. A drunk panhandler who lives on the street, he eventually loses his beloved dog. About a year after the episode aired, viewers of the TV show cross paths with Kelly F:
My wife and I were vacationing in Las Vegas on 11/12/2006 when we were sitting at a traffic light in our convertible and were approached by yet another beggar. This particular beggar however my wife instantly recognized from an Intervention episode. Neither of us could remember his name at the time but we both remembered that he was a skater from California with a beer addiction who so dearly loved his dog Odie. Although I recognized him myself once my wife said, “hey, weren’t you on A&E”, I am very sad to say that he looks nothing like he did on the show. He looks at least 10 years older and had a large abscess on his right lower jaw, and although I am not a doctor, I would be very surprised if he lasts another year.
This sort of story just tears my heart out. Totally engaged, I sit there on the couch and talk to the TV set: "How can you be so stupid?" "Omigod, she's chugging another beer!" "With that attitude, she is so not gonna make it through rehab."
I know, I know, some may laugh at other people's predicaments, and others may judge the TV series to be exploitative of addicts, but there is a very strong, real sense of caring about these people and what happens to them that I find, um, well.... addictive.
Oh God. Why do I have this feeling that one day soon, I'm going to open a door in a hotel room and come face to face with Jeff VanVonderen??
P.S. So do Intervention interventionists need Intervention interventions if they become workaholics? And if I keep having Intervention interventions, does that mean I need an Intervention-intervention intervention??? AAARGH!!!!